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Hey, I've recently received offers from both Durham and Edinburgh University for English Literature but I'm conflicted on which to choose, was wondering if anybody had any advice?
I personally haven't been at either uni as I'm still y13 so don't take anything I say as gospel haha but I was turned off from Durham by some students saying how poor the mental health support is and because those unis are very prestigious and the workload is tough it is something I would take into account. Both are beautiful unis, however, and very impressive. It was something I considered as I was wondering which of those two to put as my 3rd slot and I chose Edinburgh.
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My son studies Maths at Durham and loves it. The college system is fantastic, they are more than a halls of residence , they are a family. Each college has its own welfare officer , and has regular drop in sessions if students need it. They are so supportive, And my son did so many activities in Freshers week it really brought him out of his shell. Each college also has its own clubs and societies, so there are so many opportunities to meet other people. My son has also ended up sharing a room, so has a built in buddy, to go to meals with. He is in a catered college as well so no meals to worry about. I as a parent would thoroughly recommend Durham University
Original post by emma_pickfordxxx
Hey, I've recently received offers from both Durham and Edinburgh University for English Literature but I'm conflicted on which to choose, was wondering if anybody had any advice?


Hi there

I would say look at the wider aspects of what each uni has to offer in terms of student life. As for Durham, there is a lot to get involved in because of the college system. Not only do you have a smaller community to belong to and socialise in, but colleges also exist as your primary level of support during your time at Durham. They have welfare support, financial support, and offer opportunities to get involved in extracurriculars like sports, drama and music (no matter what level you're at). University-wide societies also exist which are of a range of interests like disney, paint & sip, academic societies, country-specific societies, charitable societies like DUCK, star wars, dr. who, harry potter- the list goes on. Hence, there are plenty of ways to find 'your' kind of people. I've listed some other considerations here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/g/diagrams/considerations-when-choosing-a-university

You can find more about student life through our social media channels run by current Durham students and our student blog site: Tiktok, Instagram, YouTube, Student Blogs. I also document my weekly experiences at Durham through a blog here on TSR, feel free to check it out: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7284194. Lastly, if you can, attend the offer-holder days being held in Feb and March to get a feel of what it's like at Durham and chat with current students about their experiences :smile:

-Himieka
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Oh wow, congrats! When did you receive your offer from Durham and did you apply before the oxbridge deadline?
Original post by emma_pickfordxxx
Hey, I've recently received offers from both Durham and Edinburgh University for English Literature but I'm conflicted on which to choose, was wondering if anybody had any advice?


Durham is possibly a top 3 uni in the UK for English lit.
Edinburgh is a good uni as well and might be stronger than Durham at certain other subjects, but I think Durham is better than Edinburgh for English lit.
Original post by emma_pickfordxxx
Hey, I've recently received offers from both Durham and Edinburgh University for English Literature but I'm conflicted on which to choose, was wondering if anybody had any advice?

Hi @emma_pickfordxxx,

Congratulations on your offers!

Personally, I would say that decide what course you prefer to study and then go to the uni that has the course you like most. This is because you'll be spending a lot of time and your degree and it'll make it more enjoyable if you are actually interested in what you're studying.

If that doesn't work, you could try to visit the universities to look around and get a feel of the place to see which you like more. After all, you will be living there for a few years. If that's not possible though, there are usually videos online that will take you on mini-tours about unis.

Good luck!
-Beth
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Hi,

I am trying to decide on my insurance option and i am really stuck between Durham and York to study history, both seem to have an equal number but different advantages and disadvantages that seem to weight each other out, both gave contextual or lower offers with the grade requirements being, York: ABB, Durham: AAB. Any advice would be great thanks :smile:
Original post by jai-L205
Hi,

I am trying to decide on my insurance option and i am really stuck between Durham and York to study history, both seem to have an equal number but different advantages and disadvantages that seem to weight each other out, both gave contextual or lower offers with the grade requirements being, York: ABB, Durham: AAB. Any advice would be great thanks :smile:

Durham is generally better than York in humanities, but honestly, if you are confident in getting the grades for your firm choice (I assume Oxbridge) choose whatever. I will say that if Oxbridge is your first choice and you don't get in (hopefully you will!), your experience at Durham will be more synonymous too Oxbridge than York.
Original post by Anonymous
Durham is generally better than York in humanities, but honestly, if you are confident in getting the grades for your firm choice (I assume Oxbridge) choose whatever. I will say that if Oxbridge is your first choice and you don't get in (hopefully you will!), your experience at Durham will be more synonymous too Oxbridge than York.

Yes, that is all true, thank you

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